Innovations in Prevention

Since 1980, Wellspring has been a leader in the ever-more scientific field of prevention science. Far from telling youth to “Just Say NO,” we pledge to only provide services we can demonstrate change behavior for the better. Done correctly, every $1 invested in prevention returns up to $18 in savings to society. Investing in Wellsprings innovative prevention services is an excellent investment in your community’s future.


We all belong to various communities, whether they are our families, neighborhoods, places of worship, or local senior centers. For prevention to truly be effective, it must impact us where we live. Wellspring offers a wide variety of evidence-based prevention programs tailored for each of the communities we call home.
When most people think of prevention, they think of school programs. Unfortunately, if you ask any child, you will learn that too many programs do no good at all or even encourage experimentation with alcohol and other drugs. At Wellspring, we know our programs are effective, because they have all been rigorously evaluated to document their impact.
More than a program, Pathways is a partnership between Wellspring and a school district designed to provide everything a child needs, so that when they are in the classroom, all they need to worry about is what is happening in that classroom. Our current partnership with Carteret High School creates a safe, structured environment within the school to address the social and health needs of students, ensuring that they are better able to graduate, become employable or continue their education, and lead physically and mentally healthy, drug-free lives.

Tree of Hope


Tree of Hope

NCADD of Middlesex County, Inc. celebrates National Recovery Month each September by awarding the “Tree of Hope” to an organization that promotes recovery within Middlesex County. Too often, the public’s image of an alcoholic or drug addict is that of someone in, or one step away from, the gutter. The Tree of Hope aims to change that image by bringing together individuals who have experienced the life-changing transformation that true recovery brings. These individuals are our neighbors, friends, and family members. By recognizing these individuals publicly, they not only help change the perception that addiction is hopeless, but their example can be a powerful inspiration for those just starting on the road to recovery themselves.

Past recipients include:

2002 - Crawford House
2003 - Rutgers University Health Services
2004 - Raritan Bay Medical Center
2005 - Friendship Hall
2006 - Princeton House
2007 - New Hope Foundation’s Open Door
2008 - Crawford House
2009 - Oxford House
2010 - Elijah's Promise
2011 - Blake Recovery Center at Carrier Clinic

Each year, the recipient and NCADD host a moving ceremony to dedicate a live evergreen tree – a symbol of the hope that recovery is always possible. To insure wide participation in the ceremony, NCADD distributes ornament order forms and flyers for the event. Flyers are available to groups or individuals that wish to encourage participation in the event. Ornaments are sold to commemorate the recovery efforts of individuals, to encourage those still struggling, and to memorialize those who have passed – whether in recovery, or in the depths of their illness. An order form is available below.

All proceeds from the sale of ornaments go to benefit the charitable works of NCADD, particularly the confidential Information and Referral Helpline that serves as a starting point for the recovery of over one thousand county residents each year. For more information about the ceremony or if you have any questions, please contact NCADD at (732) 254-3344 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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